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Minn Quilt show

Just returned from the Minn Quilt show in Duluth. What an incredible collection of quilts! I was inspired and overwhelmed at the same time to walk around and look at all of the quilts and the high caliber of quilting represented. It has become an annual event to share time with a quilting friend who enjoys quilting as much as I do - we take a class, check out all the new gadgets and ideas in the quilting world. Explore and find fun little cafe's along the way. Back to the real world tomorrow…


Added by Jan Blixt on June 16, 2013 at 2:24pm — 2 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

The buns are rising and it's time for a short break. Getting ready for a house full of people tomorrow. My year for Thanksgiving and my sister will do Christmas.  I discovered orange flavored M & M's this year - just made a a pan of mini pretzels, topped with hershey Kisses, warmed enough to be soft and then squish it down with the M & M.  This is usually saved for Xmas with the red and green ones but thought I'd try something different. There may not be any left by tomorrow. The…


Added by Jan Blixt on November 21, 2012 at 7:40am — 4 Comments

A great day with my big Sis

A couple of weeks ago my sister proudly proclaimed she had done an extensive clean, sort and organization of her sewing room. I teased her that she could come do mine any time. Sure enough, she showed up yesterday at 9 am and we attacked my bombed out sewing room until 5:30 pm.  It is now so clean and beautiful I'm going to be scared to mess it up. Some of you would probably be appalled at some of the things I threw out but really, if I haven't used the fabric in the last 20 years, I really…


Added by Jan Blixt on October 21, 2012 at 7:12am — 7 Comments

Another great quilt show

Last weekend I was lucky enough to take classes from Sharon Schamber at the Indian Summer quilt show in Fargo - what an incredible quilter! We did one designing whole cloth quilts. I'm not sure if I will ever get mine made but it is on my bucket list. I'm caught up on customer quilts at the moment so maybe I can focus on a few projects of my own. My trick or treat quilt got a red ribbon so that was fun to see. I had a vein ablasion done on my left leg this morning so am going to recouperate…


Added by Jan Blixt on October 4, 2012 at 1:43pm — 2 Comments

quilt workshop

I attended a 2 1/2 day quilting workshop that was wonderful this past week. The machine quilting guild I am in had Sue Heinz from Kismet Quilting come and present and she was really a fun and knowledgable presenter. She  does quilting on domestic and long arm machines and her classes are drawing and design focused. It was well worth my time to attend. If anyone is looking for someone to come teach a class, she's your gal.  This week I get to head to the Minnesota quilt show - then my two…


Added by Jan Blixt on June 11, 2012 at 5:41am — 1 Comment

It's back!

Well my quilt arrived safely home from MQS today and when I took it out of the box there was an instructors choice ribbon attached :) .  My friends who went to the show had called to let me know it was there but it was still exciting to get it home and see it in person. Here's a picture of the quilt. …


Added by Jan Blixt on May 30, 2012 at 7:01pm — 22 Comments

Shipping it away!

I am sending my first quilt off to a large quilt show -  MQS - in Overland Park Kansas tomorrow. Kind of nervous about shipping it off, especially since it was a gift for my sister but she has generously given it back so it could go to the show. I will not be able to attend but have friends who will be there and will take pictures of it hanging there for me. Feels like I am sending my child off to his first day at school! 

Added by Jan Blixt on April 26, 2012 at 6:29pm — 8 Comments

Winter is on the way

It's January 10th and we have been having record breaking temperatures - has been in the upper 40's and lower 50's in North Dakota in January - every day has been a gift. We have a weather advisory posted for tonight and tomorrow so looks like our lucky streak is coming to an end. Don't think I will get lucky enough for it to be bad enough for a snow day. I could use it to finish up a customer quilt.... oh well.

Added by Jan Blixt on January 10, 2012 at 7:19pm — 3 Comments

How I spent my New Year weekend.

I made this quilt this weekend for a friend at work. I seem to have gotten past my road block and it feels great. This one was very fun to do! I should really get into my sewing room and purge like a lot you are doing or I could just sew for myself today :)  Back to work tomorrow. …


Added by Jan Blixt on January 2, 2012 at 7:05am — 17 Comments

It's done!

I finished my road block quilt tonight, will deliver it tomorrow. I'd post it if it was my own but don't want to post other peoples quilts on this site. I have some fun baby quilts to get done next but l have to get Christmas over first. Time to get the house clean and ready for family. Having a quiet Christmas Eve with my husband and son and then my side of the family will come over for Christmas Day. Will have to avoid the scale for a week or two! Have a Merry Christmas.

Added by Jan Blixt on December 22, 2011 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

Never done this before

I have never done a blog so I am sure how it is done - am not on face book, don't twitter - so I guess I am in the dark ages. I did get a Kindle and love it so I think there is hope for me yet. I have been quilting for many years and have been doing some quilting as a hobby business. I work full time at another job so will need to wait until retirement before quilting full time. I am a hand quilter in my heart but have joined the world of long arm due to necessity - too many projects, not…


Added by Jan Blixt on December 11, 2011 at 6:56pm — 8 Comments

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